UNLV takes on Cal in a battle of the intriguing 5-12 matchups. In 15 of the last 17 NCAA Tournament’s one 12-seed has beaten a 5. Get NCAA Tournament odds at Bovada sportsbook.
UNLV (25-9) finished third in the Mountain West behind New Mexico and Colorado State. In the Mountain West Tournament, UNLV beat Colorado State and earned a spot in the finals against New Mexico. New Mexico was victorious by seven points and has earned a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Anthony Bennett leads the Runnin’ Rebels in scoring over 16 points per game. UNLV lost just two games out of conference, against Oregon, a tournament team, and North Carolina, another team in the tournament, by a combined 10 points. The Runnin’ Rebels are just 2-2 in their last four but managed to get their hands on a solid 5-seed in the tournament.
California (20-11) finished in a three-way tie for second in a conference that is very similar to the Mountain West, the Pac-12. The top 4 in the Pac-12 was UCLA, Arizona, Oregon and Cal. Allen Crabbe leads the Golden Bears with almost 19 points per game with the help of Justin Cobbs, 16 points per game. Cal lost at home to UNLV earlier this season by just one point and also dropped out of conference games to Wisconsin and Creighton.
UNLV is just 13-20 against the spread and 6-8 out of conference. Cal is 12-16-1 ATS and 4-6 coming off losses.
Twelve seeds are notorious for pulling the upset but I really do like UNLV. They were an early favorite to go far in the tournament but kind of fell off this season a bit. I think they have the talent to push them passed Cal at www.sportsbookroom.com.